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Stormers v Kings - Live
STORMERS 19-11 KINGS
80 ...the ball is trapped and the Stormers win! A gruelling clash that perked up in the second half, but generally a miserable performance in tough conditions by both sides. Two tries to savour as the Kings stay bottom of the South African Conference.
79 Kings win a penalty from the scrum and set up a driving lineout, trying to snatch a losing bonus point. The hooter goes, the Kings just two metres out now. Etzebeth penalised for pulling the maul down and the Kings tap and go...
78 Chaos in the Stormers try area as Habana takes a risky lineout and puts Van Aswegen under pressure. The ball is knocked backwards out of his arms in the tackle.
76 Kings trying to get into bonus point territory with time running out at Newlands, Habana on a threatening run but it comes to nothing.
72 TRY! KINGS! VAN DER WALT! 19-13: Kings lineout five metres out from the Stormers line and it pays off! Van Der Walt crashes over at the base of the maul. Whitehead misses the conversion.
69 Kolisi gets over the gain-line for the Stormers but Fourie is penalised for coming in at the side, Kings clear into the Stormers half.
66 Match beginning to bubble over as the replacements take to the field. Kings continuing to kick the ball away as Van der Heever finds an excellent touch in the corner.
63 TRY! STORMERS! FOURIE! 19-6: Duvenage drills a clever kick into the corner, coming off a Kings hand so the Stormers will have a five-metre lineout. Fourie with the ball at the base of the maul who scores! First try of the match and a patient maul pays off. Pietersen converts.
60 Kevin Buys needs a new contact lens as Pietersen lines up another shot at goal. Long way out on the 10-metre line to the right but he has the range... it falls far off target to the left.
57 PENALTY! STORMERS! PIETERSEN! 12-6: Poor control from the restart by the Kings, Strauss charged down by Fourie and the hosts do enough at the breakdown to win the penalty. No problem for Pietersen, 4/4 on the night.
55 PENALTY! KINGS! WHITEHEAD! 9-6: Swirling wind behind him but Whitehead does enough to bend it inside the right post, Kings back in this one.
52 Maul from the Kings making ground into the Stormers 22. Penalty advantage as the Stormers go offside, Fourie the guilty man again.
49 The wind is up in Cape Town and it nearly paid off for the Kings. High kick took the ball away from Pietersen and Cooke nearly pounced for the game's first try.
47 PENALTY! STORMERS! PIETERSEN! 9-3: Big scrum from the Stormers forces the penalty and Pietersen converts, opening up a six-point gap for the hosts at the beginning of this half.
45 Patient attack from the Stormers, running through Pietersen and de Allende to reach the Kings 22. de Villiers cuts inside, but the pass to Nizaam Carr goes forward - very frustrating for the Stormers and the few fans that are inside Newlands.
43 Brok Harris receiving a telling off from the referee as the two kickers play tennis, Stormers ending up with the lineout 40 metres out.
40 Back underway through Whitehead - hopefully more scores to talk about in the second half. Wimpie Van Der Walt with the ball at the back of the maul, but Vergallo's kick is easy caught by Habana. The Springbok goes quickly and runs up to halfway, de Allende kicking ahead but the play comes to nothing - Kings lineout.
STORMERS 6-3 KINGS
40 ...or that was the plan! Marais has a nightmare controlling the ball and the Kings are eventually bundled into touch to signal half-time. Dreary first half in Cape Town, very little to shout about but it could be anyone's game to win. Kings defence holding firm but the wet weather making handling conditions horrendous.
39 Kings clear from the resulting scrum, Whitehead only edging the ball to his 22. Good work from Bulbring really disrupts the maul and the Kings benefit, winning that scrum and giving themselves a chance to wind down the clock.
37 Promising carries by de Villiers and then Kolisi, but the Kings turn the ball over and have the scrum. Kolisi just wrapped up by Ronnie Cooke and Strauss.
36 Whitehead fluffs his lines attempting to clear, the ball slipping off his fingertips and handing the Stormers an excellent attacking position inside the Kings 22 with a scrum.
35 Aplon darts through a hole in the defence as the Stormers attack, but the pass from Jantjies out wide is nearly picked off by Siviwe Soyizwapi who knocks on. Stormers scrum.
33 Marais finds a good touch from within his 22 to put the Stormers back. Jantjies kick is aiming for the corner but doesn't quite find touch, Marais responding with short kick of his own that gives the Stormers good fielding position in the opposition 22.
31 Cute one-handed take by De Villiers as Pietersen slips a tackle - the Stormers making progress here... but de Allende knocks on outside the Kings 22.
28 Long lineout from the Stormers goes awry and the Kings pounce on it. Scrum to the visitors as the teams engage in a game of aerial ping-pong. Habana has a run from deep up to the halfway line. Numbers up the blindside for the Stormers on the attack.
27 Error-filled first half, conditions preventing any continuity despite the best efforts from referee Craig Joubert. Kings penalised for playing the man in the air and Jantjies kicks up to the 22.
25 Vergallo thumped back in the tackle as the Kings have possession inside the Stormers half. Box kick comes down outside the 22 but the Stormers come away with it after Pietersen failed to gather the slippery ball. Schreuder does enough to find touch.
23 Whitehead shows some sharp handling in his own 22 and then pins the Stormers back into their half. Fourie penalised going for the ball at the breakdown and the Kings can relieve the pressure - a needless penalty from the Stormers as the weather turns for the worse.
21 Whitehead lines up the drop at goal but it fades away to the right. Stormers defence holding firm there.
19 Stormers under pressure after Pietersen knocks on, Kings pushing them back towards their own line. Pietersen somehow gets a kick away with no space to work with and the Stormers breathe again. Good stuff from the Kings, Strauss' option to kick perhaps not the smartest.
17 Whitehead connects with a sweet kick to touch, putting the Stormers back in their own 22. Long clearance from Louis Schreuder but Fourie is pushed into touch. Kings lineout by halfway.
15 PENALTY! KINGS! WHITEHEAD! 6-3: Stormers release from the scrum too early, Deon Fourie the guilty party, which gives George Whitehead the chance to go for goal. Over it goes!
12 Pressure on the Kings in defence but they win a penalty after De Kock Steenkamp goes offside. Lineout just inside the Stormers half as the rain comes down again. Vergallo's box kick is marked by Aplon and the Stormers play on but knock on at the back of the ruck.
10 PENALTY! STORMERS! PIETERSEN! 6-0: Simple as for the full-back. The Stormers enjoying all the possession early on.
9 Stormers back in the Kings 22 and they win a penalty as the visitors go offside. Pietersen lining up a shot at goal.
7 Stormers pressing in attack, Jantjies chipping over the top but it was well read by the Kings who clear their lines thanks to SP Marais.
5 Loose Kings lineout is gathered by Tiaan Liebenberg - the hosts attacking once again. Bryan Habana knocks on in the tackle and the Kings clear through Nicolas Vergallo to half-way. Penalty against the Kings for holding on, Jantjies kicks to the corner.
3 PENALTY! STORMERS! PIETERSEN! 3-0: Over it goes, the hosts take the early lead at Newlands.
1 Early scrum to the Stormers just outside the Kings 22 on the left. David Bulbring penalised for not rolling away allowing Pietersen a shot at goal.
1 PENALTY! STORMERS
Kick-off Joe Pietersen gets things underway at Newlands - a skiddy surface and you could see the water flying off the turf just from the kickoff!
Grim conditions will make plenty of tries very unlikely in this one. Truly awful weather in Cape Town.
Team news The Kings will face the Stormers in Cape Town on Saturday without their captain Luke Watson after the flanker was ruled out of the clash due to flu. Centre Andries Strauss will captain the side in Watson's absence. Lock Steven Sykes and wing Siyanda Grey have also been sidelined which means Darron Nell comes in as vice-captain to replace Sykes while Siviwe Soyizwapi takes over from Grey. In the back-line, Nicolas Vergallo gets to start at scrum-half with Shaun Venter dropping down to the replacements bench.
Team news De Kock Steenkamp and Deon Fourie return to the Stormers' starting XV. Steenkamp replaces Gerbrandt Grobler in the second-row, whilst Don Armand makes way for Fourie on the side of the scrum. Grobler and Armand drop to the bench, with Marius Coetzee and Rohan Kitshoff dropping out of the matchday 22 from last weekend.
Welcome Hello and welcome to Newlands in Cape Town for Saturday's clash between two South African sides - the Stormers and the Kings.
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